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Labour migration policy for the Netherlands : a study on skill import to meet labour demand

Pegge, Bart (2007) Labour migration policy for the Netherlands : a study on skill import to meet labour demand.

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Abstract:This thesis analyses the institutional labour market conditions for importing skilled labour to the Netherlands to meet domestic labour demand. However, coordinated market economies like the Netherlands are characterised by creating specific skills through a system that depends on strong social partner cooperation and on complementary institutions, namely social protection and wage bargaining. Employers rely on specific skilled workers who are educated through that skill creating system, also characterised as a ‘high skill’ equilibrium. That equilibrium can be defined as a self-reinforcing network of institutions that interact to stimulate a high level of specific skills. This thesis examines the feasibility of labour migration to supply skilled workers who are educated in different countries. It also discusses its desirability by questioning whether importing skills undermines the initial system of skill creation. Knowing the conditions for skill import, a deeper analysis of migration control policy is performed with the aim of drawing policy lessons from Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The method of research is an extensive literature study supplemented by interviews with representatives of employers’ associations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster:
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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